Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine - Fellowships
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Cardiothoracic Didactic Curriculum

The Mass General Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship prides itself of education of fellows both within the operating room and classroom.

The Cardiac Anesthesia Group (CAG) Fellows' Lecture Series
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and Thursdays at Noon

Topics are drawn from the requirements of the ACGME for training in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and recommendations of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology (SCA), and the staff’s vision of important issues that a trained cardiothoracic anesthesiologist should understand. These topics reflect the division’s goals and objectives.

The Fellows' lecture is a talk given by CAG faculty addressing a topic of their choosing. Recent topics have included Rescue ECHO, Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery, and Neurological Complications During Cardiac Surgery, among many others. On occasion, the fellows' lecture takes the format of a journal club or clinical case discussion. Fellows will give one to two talks during the year; a requirement for graduation

TEE Lecture Series

ECHO Training

Over the past year, we have been developing a program to effectively introduce the concepts of TEE. We all recognize that TEE and echo in general is becoming more important in cardiac practice--echo concepts are used in line placement and regional anesthesia as well.

Dr. Scott Streckenbach and others have developed several on-line training modules and lectures that are available in the educational computer in the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellows office.

i. Intro to MGH Cardiac Anesthesia ECHO Educational Program
ii. MGH Resident TEE Exam Sequence
iii. Basic ECHO Pathology
iv. Rescue ECHO
v. ECHO Hemodynamics - PA pressures, Cardiac Output, and Contrast Injection

ECHO Reading with the cardiologists is every day Monday-Friday at 3:30-4:30 PM. This is a fine opportunity to read studies performed in the operating room with the cardiology team.

ECHO QA generally occurs on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 AM.

Boston Area Combined ECHO Conference

The Boston area combined ECHO Conference includes Massachusetts General Hospital, the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and the Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital. These conferences occur three times a year and bring all divisions of cardiothoracic anesthesiology together to present cases, discuss and debate findings and treatment, and encourage a collegial interchange among institutions.

Interdisciplinary Cardiac Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Second Thursday of the month

The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine (DACPM) joins the Department of Cardiac Surgery on the second and fourth Thursday mornings of the month to discuss patient outcome with a goal of quality and care improvement.

Thoracic Aortic Rounds
First Thursday of the month, 7:30 a.m., Bigelow Ampitheater

TAC Rounds are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 AM in the Bigelow Amphitheater (White 4). This conference is open to all attending staff, residents and fellows in Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, as well as other interested members of the MGH Heart Center and the MGH Vascular Center. The format includes case presentations, and periodic clinical updates on recent topics and papers, new techniques, etc in Thoracic Aortic Disease.

Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography and Echo Boards Review

This is an annual course in the fall sponsored by Harvard Medical School. All fellow trainees are invited and encouraged to attend this four-day conference free of charge.

Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of all conferences offered within the DACCPM, including Thursday Morning Grand Rounds and Care Conference, Tuesday afternoon CA-2/CA-3 lecture series.

Office Information

Department of Anesthesia,
Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Gray-Bigelow 444
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

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